Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe; the Striker of Terror
Edgar Allen Poe, the writer of many horror and terror stories, had many techniques that he used to scare people and show them how some fears are of nothing at all. Such works as “The Raven”, or “The Pit and the Pendulum” exhibit many clauses of Poe’s style of writing. Poe uses horror and terror to strike fear into hearts of readers. The unreliability of the narrator keeps one mystified throughout the story, making the reader beg to be released of Poe’s writing spell that he casts on the paper that is the story. Finally, Poe uses the idea of the mind to torment us and show how it reacts when it is under stress.
Poe uses horror and terror to strike fear into the heart of the reader. Throughout “The Raven”, the raven repeats the word “nevermore”. This is a form of psychological torture that makes the man in the story realize his wife is truly gone from this world and is “nevermore”. “…suddenly there came a tapping/As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door/
'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door/Only this, and nothing more” (Chin et. Al. page 287 line 6).   Yet another example of the eeriness of Poe’s writing is exhibited here in the beginning of “The Raven.” Poe uses horror and terror not only in “The Raven”, but in many other works as well, such as “The Pit and the Pendulum”. In this poem, Poe uses the single effect method to create fear in the poem. Each element he uses; Imagery, sensory details, and suspense, add to the single emotion he is trying to create, which is absolute terror of being in the nothingness. “I was sick, sick unto death, with that long agony, and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit, I felt that my senses were leaving me” (Chin et. Al. page 292 line 1). This method makes the reader aware of what the man is feeling, therefore making the reader experience (without them knowing) the man’s torture.
The unreliability of the narrator keeps one...